Barry Bannan was full of admiration for how Sheffield Wednesday coped without star striker Fernando Forestieri in their goalless draw at Norwich City.
Forestieri, who scored 15 goals in the Owls' promotion charge last season, refused to play in yesterday's fixture, opting to stay behind in South Yorkshire.
The Argentine-born playmaker made himself unavailable for selection on Friday, telling Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal he was 'not in the right frame of mind' to take part.
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Forestieri is wanted by Championship rivals Derby County and Newcastle United. Earlier this week, the Rams tabled a bid, believed to be in the region of £7m, for Forestieri which was turned down by Wednesday.
Carvalhal is adamant Forestieri, who has three years left on his contract, is going nowhere.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Wednesday secured their fourth point of the campaign, Bannan said: “I thought to a man, the boys who started and the subs who came on were excellent. We showed our team spirit.
"Fernando was a big loss but we showed we have enough in this squad to carry on without him when he misses games."
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Bannan scooped the man of the match award at Carrow Road and came close to grabbing the winner, seeing his fierce second half effort superbly turned away by substitute Norwich goalkeeper Michael McGovern.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming down here," said the midfielder. "We said beforehand that Norwich are one of the best teams in the league.
“But we stuck to our task and got a good point in the end.
“It’s always a tough league and you can’t predict who will beat who on any week.
“We’ve come to a top team who have come down from the Premier League and it shows we’ve got stronger this season. Hopefully it will be a better season than last year."